Frost on a blackberry leaf

Seasons

Autumn seemed to go by in a flash this year! The highlight for me was the Jane Austen Festival in Canberra in April. Preceded by some serious costume sewing, I went to Canberra with my friend Emily, and my niece Lauren, who lives there, joined us for the three days of the festival. Dance classes,…

Pippin the border collie meets a kangaroo joey through the window

Spammers

Why don’t they just go read a good book instead of spending their time spamming web sites? There is currently a deluge of spam comments. I’ve got all comments on moderation at present so they’re not showing up to readers, but it’s a pain going through and deleting them from the moderation queue. Oh, well, the…

Pippin, 6 month old border collie puppy

Little Miss Disruption

How can one cute little puppy disrupt our settled lives (and my blogging) so thoroughly? Way back in January I introduced our new border collie puppy, Pippin: Way back in February was the last time I updated this blog. These two things are connected 🙂 Pippin is the most gorgeous, loving, full of energy and…

Pippin the puppy curled up in toy basket

Beginnings

I seem to be at the ‘Beginnings’ stage of everything at the moment. It’s the beginning of the new year – well, still early days, anyway! I’m not quite sure how 2014 will evolve yet, but there will be plenty to keep me busy! I’ve been working on my next book, which has the working title…

Anzac Day

Today, Australians and New Zealanders commemorate Anzac Day, the anniversary of the landing of Allied forces at Gallipoli in 1915, and our national remembrance day for those who served in wars. The optimism of the early reports proved false as the Allied troops encountered strong resistance from the Ottoman army, and casualties were high. The campaign…